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Capital Kunst des Fechtens

an historical european martial arts club dedicated to
historical STUDY and Modern application

WELCOME TO CAPITAL KUNST DES FECHTENS

   

Who We Are

Capital Kunst des Fechtens (CKDF) is the largest non-profit Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) club in the eastern U.S. 


 

What We Teach

CKDF primarily instructs historical techniques found in Medieval fight manuals that demonstrate efficient and deadly sword fighting and other martial arts called Kunst des Fechtens (KDF), or the art of fighting. 
 

What We Do

CKDF provides a welcoming environment, world-class instructors, and a structured, athletic approach to learning a form of Historical European Martial Arts (sword fighting and other combat styles) that developed in the Medieval Germanic regions.


 

Location

We are located south of Washington, DC in Alexandria, Virginia.

We train in the Capital Area Budokai at
25 S. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA 22304

About HEMA

The study of Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) is the academic study of ancient fight manuals or fechtbucher (fight-books) and the practice of recreating and learning the skills of the ancient European fight masters. 

Watch the video to learn more.

 


Affliations

CKDF is part of the HEMA Alliance, an educational not-for-profit organization that provides independent clubs and schools worldwide with resources; the KDF Network; and the Longpoint Historical Fencing League.

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CKDF Instructors

 
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Jake Norwood is an internationally known competitor and instructor in Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA), with more than 30 medals from national and international full-contact competitions. His students are among the top competitors in the U.S. 

A multi-tour combat veteran of the 101st Airborne, Jake combines the training regimen and psychological toughness of the modern warrior to the reconstruction and physical application of Europe’s traditional fighting arts.

Karl Bolle is the Longpoint, DC HEMA Open, and Combat Con 2016 champion in advanced target cutting, and has earned multiple medals in cutting and single-handed weapon competitions.

Karl Bolle is the Longpoint, DC HEMA Open, and Combat Con 2016 champion in advanced target cutting, and has earned multiple medals in cutting and single-handed weapon competitions.

James Clark is an internationally-recognized expert in the Portuguese great sword (montante).  He has earned multiple medals in cutting and longsword. He is currently studying to be a personal trainer.

James Clark is an internationally-recognized expert in the Portuguese great sword (montante).  He has earned multiple medals in cutting and longsword.

He is currently studying to be a personal trainer.

Chris Treichel specializes in teaching Italian rapier, French smallsword, and German Stossfechten.  Chris has translated Roux’s Kreussler’sche Stossfechtschule from German into English, and is currently studying and teaching under Tom Leoni at the Order of Seven Hearts. He is  a former Marine Corps infantry officer

Chris Treichel specializes in teaching Italian rapier, French smallsword, and German Stossfechten. 

Chris has translated Roux’s Kreussler’sche Stossfechtschule from German into English, and is currently studying and teaching under Tom Leoni at the Order of Seven Hearts.

He is  a former Marine Corps infantry officer

Classes Offered at CKDF

 
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What to Expect

  • Rigorous strength and cardio conditioning
  • Fencing fundamentals and mechanics
  • Technical interpretation drills; 
  • Sparring games
  • Coached free fencing

 

What You Need for Class

  • Comfortable active wear
  • Clean athletic (indoor) shoes
  • Water Bottle
  • Men are required to wear athletic cups to every class
  • CKDF has fencing masks and synthetic swords for students to use 

You don't need to be in the best shape to start training with us.


Introduction to German Longsword

INTRODUCTION TO GERMAN LONGSWORD

This six-week course is recommended for all those new to HEMA. Students will learn the basics of longsword terminology, attacks, parries, footwork, and simple combinations.

When: Course meets weekly on Thursday at 8:30p (Course starts every two months)

Instructor: Jake Norwood

Price: $135

Equipment: No equipment necessary. Club provides mask and sword.

 


Membership Classes

After completing the introductory course, students are invited to become full members and attend our weekly classes.

GEMEINFECHTEN - INTERMEDIATE LONGSWORD

Gemeinfechten, or common fencing, lays the groundwork for longsword fighters.  In this class, members learn the basics of footwork, cuts, thrusts, and defenses common to the German style of longsword fencing.

When: Classes meet Thursdays at 7p.

Instructors: Jake Norwood, James Clark, and Karl Bolle

Price: $50 monthly membership dues

Equipment: Feder (wood, synthetic, or steel), HEMA fencing mask, HEMA or lacrosse gloves). CKDF has masks and synthetic feders for students to use.

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KUNST DES FECHTENS (KDF) - ADVANCED LONGSWORD

KDF applies skills learned in Gemeinfechten to the teachings of German fight master Johannes Liechtenauer.   Instruction includes advanced martial theory, drills, tournament preparation, judging, coaching, cutting, and intense sparring.

When: Wednesday at 8:45p

Instructor: Jake Norwood

Price: $50 monthly membership dues

Equipment:  Tournament kit, including, but not limited to, feder (steel preferred), HEMA fencing mask, HEMA-approved jacket, HEMA gloves, throat protection, arm and leg protection


Study Groups

Students interested in martial systems not offered during regular class times may start study groups. 

Portuguese Great Sword (Montante)

When: Saturdays at 9a (class meets off site)

Instructor: James Clark

Price: Study groups are included in monthly membership dues.

Equipment: Students should have synthetic montante, staff, or two-handed equivalent

 

italian rapier

When: Thursday at 6p

Instructor: Chris Treichel (Order of Seven Hearts)

Price: Study groups are included in monthly membership dues.

Equipment: Students must provide rapier. Chest protection is recommended.


Special Topic Courses and Master Workshops

SPECIAL TOPICS

Every two months, CKDF offers a new special topic course to introduce students to a new aspect of HEMA.  Past classes have included Polish Saber and Italian Rapier.

When: Course meets weekly on Thursday at 8:30p 

Instructor: Varies

Price: $125-150

Recommended Equipment:  Varies

Our next special topics class is Dagger and Grappling and will start August 11.

MASTER WORKSHOPS

Visiting, world-class instructors periodically grace CKDF members with master workshops. Previous instructors included: Mishael Lopes-Cardozo, Kristine Konsmo, and Axel Petterson.

 When: Varies

Instructor: Varies

Price: Varies

Recommended Equipment:  Varies

 New student night is the first Thursday of the month at 7p.

Class Schedule

DAY TIME CLASS INSTRUCTOR
Tu F 7-8a Physical Training Independent Study
W 845-1030p Kunst des Fechtens Jake Norwood
Th 6p-7p Italian Rapier Study Group Christopher Treichel
7p-830p Gemeinfechten Jake Norwood
830p-1030p Special Topics Various
Sa 9a Montante Study Group James Clark
Su 10a Physical Training Karl Bolle

 

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